March 20, 2015
Parihaka redress on the table
Parihaka people hope yesterday’s visit from Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson will kick start progress towards acknowledging the crown’s past actions against it.
The village on the western slopes of Mt Taranaki was sacked in 1881 by armed constabulary trying to end a campaign of passive resistance to land confiscations.
Ruakere Hond says Parihaka falls outside the government’s treaty settlement process because it is not an iwi or hapu.
" We spoke about what other ways the government could look at acknowldeging what took place in the 1870's and the 1880's and after as well. It was the beginning of a discussion really. It was an opportunity for Chris Findlayson to see what Parihaka is today and what the community go through in living and striving to uphold the legacy of Tohu and Te Whiti " says Ruakere Hond
The treaty negotiations minister was in Taranaki as part of agreement with Maori Party to get senior Government leaders into the regions to meet iwi.
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